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Survey Report: MP's perspective on upcoming parliamentary and district council elections

The elections in Afghanistan, over the past one and half decades, has been affected by various political and security challenges and other constraints arising from institutional weaknesses and capacity deficits. Concerning the parliamentary elections, use of the Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) system has further compounded the electoral challenges. The monitoring conducted by FEFA and other observer organizations has revealed that the reforms within Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) have progressed significantly slowly, and, given the sheer scale of the institutional deficiencies, are yet to address a wide array of institutional and operational challenges. On the other hand, the slow pace of preparations for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections and the widening ambit of violence, insurgency and insecurity in many provinces have further exacerbated the concerns among such electoral stakeholders as the civil society organizations, political parties and the Afghan citizens in general. On this basis, it is critical on the part of the Electoral Management Bodies, the national unity government and other stakeholders to closely examine the shortcomings and their root causes in order to successfully meet the challenges of holding free, fair and transparent elections. Towards this end, the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan organization (FEFA) conducted a survey with Members of Parliament (MPs) within the lower house of parliament (Wolesi Jirga) to explore their perceptions, demands, concerns and preferences with regard to the parliamentary and district council elections planned for 2018. In addition, and in a series of focus group discussions, perspectives and concerns of a wide cross-section of civil society organizations and political parties were also explored. This report discusses the findings of the survey and the focus group discussions.

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3/6/2018

Date

80

Total Participents

4 Weeks

Duration

Kabul

Location

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